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I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

As many of you may know, I am a little tech crazy. I always want the latest and greatest tech available. It’s a disease; I caught it from my husband. I swear, when I met him in college he practically had to pry my hands off of my word processor because, hello, who needs a computer when you could type all of your research papers on a state of the art word processor. However, that is no longer the case. I want all the newest tech gadgets and I want them now.

One of my favorite things about the evolution of hi tech is that it is about more than just new innovation Samsung SUHD TV. It’s about taking your television experience to the next level.

The 4K is more than just a television it is a viewing experience which is visible immediately if you’ve had the chance to  just go to a Best Buy and check it out for yourself.

Here are a few features that I think we could use to complete our vacation.

  • Reveal more colors and a brighter picture with Samsung 4K SUHD TV – all powered by a revolutionary panel featuring Nano-crystal technology.  The immersive curved screen portrays a greater sense of depth.  Easily access the content you love with the advanced Samsung Smart TV.
  • You can enjoy a brighter, more true-to-life picture with a wider range of colors
  • Peak Illuminator Pro for enhanced picture detail and color
  • Improved black levels and contrast for a greater sense of depth
  • 4 times the resolution of full HD

Do you love twitter parties? @BestBuy and Brand Ambassador @dodomesticdad will be hosting an SUHD Twitter Party on Thursday June 9th at 7:00pm CST. Feel free to join the twitter party for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards.

If you shop at select 4K special events, you can even experience this amazing product in person in the store. Right now, you can see an exclusive sneak peek of Jurassic World in Samsung Entertainment Experience Shops inside Best Buy.

And don’t forget to register for our twitter party on June 9th, 2015 at 6/9 at 7PM CST. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/1ecE5Ru

I’ll be there, I hope you are too!



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Hp Envy, Best Buy

Are you in the market for a new laptop? I am. Have you ever considered the new AMD FX APU-HP Envy Laptop?

As a blogger, I spend a majority of my day working on my laptop so I need one that is up for the challenge. I won’t lie; I am a known Apple devotee because you know what they say, “Once you go Mac, you never go back” but my needs are not necessarily the needs of the Big Guy or my girls.

I use my laptop for social media, blogging and editing photos. I’ve been living in Mac world for so long that everything else just feels awkward to me. Not saying that I would never change, I have an open mind.

My husband and the girls use the computer more for playing games, doing homework and watching YouTube videos, which makes them, prime candidates to use the new AMD FX APU-HP Envy Laptop. The HP Envy Laptop is for users who are passionate about technology and PC gaming because this laptop provides extreme performance of AMD’s most powerful mobile processer and delivers an exceptional Gaming and Entertainment experience.

The HP Envy TouchSmart 15.6” touch screen laptop makes multitasking a breeze so you can spend more quality time with your family creating memories. I like to use YouTube videos in the kitchen for easy to follow instructions because I need the visuals. My girls have a knack for coming in and switching it to a Meghan Trainor video for impromptu kitchen dance parties. The HP Envy would be perfect for that.

The Quick AMD FX series processor is great for streaming movies or videos and provides great video quality for gaming or catching up on your favorite Netflix series after the kids go to bed. Cuddle up with your favorite late night treat (your husband, a pint of Ben and Jerry’s or both) and binge away.

When you are looking for a notebook, the AMD FX Special Edition APU will provide you with unbelievable performance, gaming, graphics and productivity. If you want a good laptop with top of the line graphics at an affordable price, the HP Envy TouchSmart would certainly be worth looking into.

When making your purchase at Best Buy free shipping is available on orders $35 and up and store pick-up is free. Also, you can pick up your order in as little as 45 minutes.

What’s the most important feature you look for when investing in a new laptop?

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free but all opinions are my own.
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I’ve got a secret; the number one thing that I want for Christmas is a new DSLR camera. Like most moms-to-be since the moment I knew I was pregnant, I knew I that I needed to capture every single moment of motherhood on “film”.

I started out shooting on a Nikon DSLR. It took fantastic photos but I missed the feel of hardcopies in hand of a 35 mm camera so I switched to a Canon 35 mm. It took amazing photos but I was averaging about a roll of film a day. My husband said that I was putting him in the poor house with my mammarazzi habit, so I switched back to a DSLR, this time a Canon. I’ve been shooting with that since 2005. Cameras have come a long way since then. It’s time for a new camera.

Best Buy Holiday Gift Center is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras and camcorders to capture those precious memories so of course that’s where I go when doing research on a new camera.

The three cameras from Nikon, Sony and Samsung I looked into, all come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi so you can share amazing photos with ease. There’s still time to upgrade your camera in time to capture precious holiday memories.

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Nikon D5300 DSLR w/18-55mm VR Lens·

A DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi so you can capture high quality photos and share them instantly

This Nikon D5300 DSLR camera comes with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens that enables you to capture sharp photos and video footage. Optical image stabilization helps prevent blurring to ensure image clarity

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Also available in red or gray

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Sony 6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera·

A compact system camera with the World’s Fastest Autofocus

This Sony Alpha A6000 features a 24.3-megapixel, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to shoot scenes in stunning clarity. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you share stored content across devices.

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Also available in White or silver.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2·

A digital camera that allows you to shoot, share, and use Android Apps

This Samsung Galaxy 2 digital camera’s 16.3-megapixel, 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor allows you to capture sharp images and high-definition video footage. The 4.8″ touch screen simplifies operation, and built-in Wi-Fi makes sharing stored files easy.

Visit the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center to see more great cameras, whether you’re giving as a gift or upgrading for yourself. (wink*wink*) Never miss a moment of your children’s life.

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Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

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We’re getting down to the wire and I’ve still not bought stocking stuffers. Why did I think it was cute to buy those humongous stockings? They are literally big enough to fit a small toddler in. Do you know how much stuff it takes to fill those stockings?

For the girls, I can fill it with a stuffed animal and some chocolate with proper placement but for the Big Guy, I need something to impress my techy, metro man. So I made a list of some things that would make the perfect stocking stuffers for him and any adult really because I’d love to see all of these in my stocking this year.

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JBL speakers


Not going to lie. I got the JBL Flip 2 as a gift. Never thought it was something I ever needed. I have surround sound in the house BUT this thing is portable and chargeable and syncs with my phone via Bluetooth and is perfect for random dance parties in the kitchen, in the backyard or in the shower. It’s one of my favorite things I own but I never knew that I needed it until I had it. Anyone on your Christmas list would be thrilled to have any of thee JBL products.

JBL Charge 2– Between the twin passive radiators for deep bass, the massive 6000mAh battery and the hands-free conference speakerphone the key benefit is the Bluetooth Social Mode which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own playlists on a single speaker.

JBL Flip 2– Aside from the dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, the key benefit of the JBL Flip 2 is the SoundClear echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker.

JBL Reflect Earbud headphones– Sweat proof ergonomic design.  With a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet, the JBL Reflect BT’s key benefit is the design of the ergonomic ear tips along with the built-in magnets which keep your buds on standby without loose cables.
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Eyes by ToGoSpa

(Formerly known as Eyedews) are moisture packed collagen gel pads that provide instant, cooling relief for eyes suffering from dark circles, under-eye bags, fine lines, stress and fatigue, or to help you feel refreshed from a late night of too much fun, hangover, allergies or headache. They work, I use them all the time.


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Veet Infini’ Silk

Ok, so I am really into personal hygiene. I also would prefer not to grow hair from my eyebrows down, honestly. So,when I was asked to try out the Veet Infini’ Silk, it was like Santa and the universe got together and decided to give me something that I really needed. I was a little skeptical because I’m afraid of pain. Remember, I’m the girl who it takes ten minutes to remove the wax strip above my lip but if this thing worked it could be a game changer. Well, it didn’t hurt but it did startle me when it popped the first time. That’s totally normal.

Why not give your favorite girl or guy the experience of touchably smooth skin everyday with Veet Infini’Silk™, the FDA cleared IPL hair removal system for both women and men designed to help give you Veet’s longest lasting, smooth skin.  Veet Infini’Silk Light-Based IPL Hair Removal System for Home Use harnesses the same technology found in clinics and salons, so you can enjoy hair reduction results — in the comfort of your home.  Simply treat your skin with the intensive pulsed light IPL hair removal technology, which is different than laser hair removal, and promote results in as few as 4 – 5 treatments.

Veet Infini’Silk is ideal for your underarms, arms, stomach, bikini line, legs, back and chest.  You are only 5 easy steps away from full body hair reduction!

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Garmin and TomTom

This is the perfect stocking stuffer for any person that drives. We used to move quite a bit and we still travel a lot so having a GPS system is imperative for us but to be completely honest, we’ve only lived here for two years and I use it just to get around town quite frequently. This stocking stuffer is especially nice for the man who has everything but no desire to ever ask for directions. He’ll be so excited about the new tech toy; he won’t even notice that he’s being given something useful.

The Tom Tom and Garmin also both feature bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates.  Lane assist, Lifetime traffic and map updates.   Voice Recognition Technology.


Quality shaving at a low price delivered to your door with no shipping cost. Yes, this is the best invention since sliced bread, in my book. I get so busy that I often forget to buy new razors. ShaveMob solves that problem by shipping fresh, blades ( for men and women), handles, and cream to my door monthly. No more worry about getting flesh eating disease and it beats the hell out of the jelly of the month club.

One Night stay at a hotel

Who doesn’t love a night of uninterrupted sleep? I sleep best in a king-sized heavenly bed at the Westin. Just in case you were wondering what I’d like in my stocking this year? 😉

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Alex and Ani bracelets

Each bangle is expandable ensuring the perfect fit for every wrist. This completely original design allows everyone to have a piece of jewelry, which is truly customized. I love the look of Alex and Ani but more importantly I love the fact that each bangle was chosen with thought and love by someone who loves me. It’s more than a bracelet; it’s a testament to the relationship. They are very affordable, deeply meaningful and every woman deserves an Alex and Ani bracelet in her stocking this Christmas.


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Go Pro Hero4 Black

The first thing everyone asks when you get a GoPro is,”where are you going to use it?” I got one, my answer, “Everywhere!” Life’s an adventure and who doesn’t want to remember every single moment of it from a first-person, candid viewpoint?

With stunning image quality and powerful new features, HERO4 cameras take Emmy Award-winning GoPro performance to a whole new level. The HERO4 Black has incredible high-resolution 4K30 and 2.7K50 video and high frame rate 1080p120 video.


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Joby GorillaPod Hybrid

For the photographer who wants to get those hard to get, one of a kind shots. With over two dozen leg joints you can set it up anywhere you want, the rubberized ring and foot joints give it great stability and the quick-release clip and bubble level make sure that you always get level shots.

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Tory Burch for FitBit in Rose Gold

Because everyone these days owns a fitbit but the rubber fitbit band is not the most fashion forward thing to wear, this may be my favorite thing to find in my stocking. Just because you’re trying to get healthy doesn’t mean that a grown woman should have to wear rubber with her cocktail dress, she also shouldn’t have to give up those steps!

These are just a few of my favorite stocking stuffers this holiday season, or anytime really. Think if I buy all of it, I can fill the giant stocking?


Disclosure: I have  been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free but all opinions are mine.




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Ever wonder what the soundtrack of your life would sound like played out loud in stereo?

Recently, I had the opportunity to work with Best Buy and review a JBL Flip Portable Stereo Speaker that works with most bluetooth-enabled devices. This JBL streams music wirelessly from your phone/tablet/laptop, its portable and has a speaker-phone, built-in microphone and call-answer button that lets you easily take phone calls. It is about the size of a Coke can but packs the speaker punch of what my full size boom box used to; all the sound with none of the bulkiness.

I was born in the 70’s to parents who defined who they were by the music they listened to. My earliest memories are of my mom singing the Mama’s and Papa’s to me as a very young toddler. Fond memories of my dad strumming his guitar and singing Johnny Cash are part of the soundtrack of my life. Music has always been an integral part of who I am.

My formative years happened in the 80’s. I remember from the time I was old enough to earn an allowance, every single cent of it went towards buying cassette tapes, compact discs and concert tickets. I remember begging my parents for extra chores or to let me babysit so that I could earn some extra money. Every penny went towards music; buying blank cassettes or the biggest boom box that I could find.

Music was an obsession. It was my comfort and refuge as a teen. If I was at the beach with friends, at the park with family or even taking a bath, my boom box was with me playing the soundtrack of my life. No matter what was going on in my life, I needed music to be playing in the background. Music was and is something I need in my life, at all times.

When I was in high school, music was my escape. In college, it defined me. There was a perfect song for everything I was feeling and experiencing. First loves, first heartbreaks, first taste of freedom, facing challenges, meeting the man I was going to marry and growing into the woman I would become. There was a song to fit each one. A song that , to this day, transports me back to that moment in time.

In those early days of marriage and motherhood, music was my constant companion. It lulled me to sleep when my husband traveled for work. I sang it to my pregnant belly while swaying and decorating the nursery. There has been a playlist for every major event in out life. I played music while we played and grew from a couple into a family.

Music plays and invokes feelings and memories. Songs are for my ears what photos are for my eyes, the keeper of our memories. Now, I share music with my girls. I have shared that love. We sing songs together in the car. We dedicate songs to one another. Music says the things our heart wants to say.

I want music playing with me at all times. A boom box doesn’t really seem like the best option in today’s world of technological advancement in which everything has gotten smaller and more portable. That’s one of the reasons that my JBL Flip Portable Stereo Speaker makes so much sense. It is compact and easily to take anywhere I go. Now, I can have music playing in the background at all times, just like I’ve always wanted it to be. I’ve had it for less than a week and it’s already been used to lull kids to sleep, keep me dancing while I cooked dinner, accompany me while I sung in the shower and was the official Frozen Soundtrack player at my daughter’s birthday party. I am in love with it. Honestly and truly in love with it.

Beginning on March 2nd through April 4, 2014, Best Buy will be hosting March Audio Fest. It will feature one month of fabulous deals on every audio product your heart and ears could ever desire.

We’ve made a lot of our big audio purchases at Best Buy because I like being able to test and try out the products before I buy them. I like to know how loud my speakers are going to sound, how true to life my surround sound is going to feel and just how much noise can my headphones reduce? Who wouldn’t want to try before they buy? It’s being a smart consumer.

This week’s deals are as follows:

2x points on Sonos Home Theater

All AVRs on Sale

All iPod touch on sale

Save $80 on Samsung Blu-ray/Soundbar Bundle

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Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

If you making the playlist for the soundtrack of your life, what would you include on the list?



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